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Are trucking companies switching to automatic transmissions?

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Brett Aquila's Comment
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I did find one site that says anywhere from 1 to 3% better [fuel mileage with an automatic]

That sounds much more reasonable.

I think I'd rather go by what drivers say

Yeah, cuz if a truck driver said it, it must be true!

andhe78's Comment
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Student driver here, didn't realize auto vs manual was such a big deal. My number one and number three company that I'm applying to, run an automatic fleet (although that's not the reason I'm applying to them.) Is it the consensus that I should start with a manual fleet?

On a side note, how many posts do I have to have before they stop having to be approved?

Greg H.'s Comment
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I think I'd rather go by what drivers say

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Yeah, cuz if a truck driver said it, it must be true!

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lol, well, of course...

Greg H.'s Comment
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Student driver here, didn't realize auto vs manual was such a big deal. My number one and number three company that I'm applying to, run an automatic fleet (although that's not the reason I'm applying to them.) Is it the consensus that I should start with a manual fleet?

On a side note, how many posts do I have to have before they stop having to be approved?

Manual, Auto, it doesn't matter, as far as I've heard. Brett drove Auto for uh 8 years I believe with US Express... the only issue I've heard about Manual and Auto is that if you don't take your initial driving test in a Manual, in some states you will end up with a restriction of only being able to drive Auto. Drive what you want with whomever you want though. But, know how to drive both.

And, eh, well, Brett will delete some and except many ... and he'll edit some others. It's one of those never ending stories of big brother looking over your shoulder. lol So, watch your speech, don't get to radical or wacky, and don't be a dweeb, you should be fine. :)

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MyNameGoesHere's Comment
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Right now my company only has one auto but we plan on getting more. We're averaging close to a 3mpg difference between that and the manuals. So over the long term they will end up saving a ton. Of course on the other hand I drive for a very small company who leases the tractors so maintaining them isn't so much a big problem. I couldn't picture the huge national companies going to mostly autos though.

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I know this is a little delayed/late but CRST has a majority auto fleet.

C.R. England only trains their people on the new autos.

I personally, especially being a new driver, would prefer auto if I'm doing a bunch of city driving.

Since the new ones are just auto assisted manual transmission. The only difference I can imagine is the added weight of the transmission reducing mileage. Beyond that it would just come down to how you drive. Right?

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